With two months to go to its release and its first full theatrical trailer out, Big Hero 6 figures have been showing in The Disney Store.
Big Hero 6 figures
Fred & Baymax plush
Just released at www.disneystore.com is the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Tsum Tsums. Each is priced at $4.95 and are 3 1/2″.
With the Rebels movie premiering this Friday, October 3rd on The Disney Channel, they’ve also been playing little shorts to introduce us to the characters of the series. I’ve seen quite a bit of merchandise out lately, so let’s take a look:
First we have the bags that come with the Subway kid’s meal. When I went they just had the Sabine one. Each bag comes with a card of the character.
A Chopper alarm clock and plush.
Large size figure of Jedi Knight Kanan
Large size figure of Ezra
Star Wars Rebels Lego Ghost Ship
Lego figures it comes with
Star Wars Command with Rebels
Disney Store promo
At the end of last season we were surprised to see Elsa turn up in Once Upon a Time. Now, tonight we’ll see just what the folks from Frozen will be doing. I was in the Disney Store this weekend and while buying Tsum Tsum’s with my wife, we saw a little bucket with buttons of Elsa. It was a promotional button for the new season of Once Upon a Time. The Cast Member at the register didn’t even mention them, so my wife asked if they were for sale. Turns out, they were free, and they told us to take some. The bucket was full so we took a few.
Perhaps after the new episode these will begin to disappear from Disney Stores, but here was a cool Disney Frozen inspired collectible that they weren’t even mentioning. Be sure to visit your local Disney Store before these buttons disappear.
I saw this play set while on vacation. Based off the scene in Return of the Jedi it makes for a pretty decent play set, but I don’t really like Pete as Boba Fett.
Nor does Funko. Not only did they release a set of Goonies ReAction figures, but there’s a POP! series too.
Continuing with our look at Funko products, today we take a look at the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? POP! figures from Funko.
Judge Doom (his eyes are just as creepy looking in the doll as in the movie)
I do wish they made an Eddie Valiant POP!
When the movie was released the toy line released was just some bendy toys, nothing exciting. Here’s hoping Funko will make a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? line of ReAction figures.
While Disney owns Marvel Comics, their purchase of the “House of Ideas” came too many years too late since Universal Studios struck a deal to have the Marvel heroes in there Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Marvel Island indefinitely. Flying to Orlando International Airport, you’ll find two Universal Studios stores, which is where I found this cool Marvel t-shirt.
Back when The Goonies was released in 1985 there were no toys to go along with the movie. No action figures of Mikey, Data, Chunk or Mouth. Not even a pirate ship play set. It would have been cool if they did make these. Thankfully, Funko has released a set of ReAction figures for the Goonies.
Walk into a Disney park and everything tells a tale. From the windows on Main Street to the themeing of each land, everything has been thought out, giving everything detail or a rich history. Walk through Adventureland and you’ll feel as if you’re in the jungle where you can climb a tree house where a stranded family lives, take a safari cruise seeing wild animals or even encounter pirates. As you keep walking through Adventureland eventually you’ll find yourself in Frontierland. Missing the gradual changes in the themeing the next thing you know is you’re there, but, if you walk and look you’ll see the subtle changes beginning to happen.
Rides have a tale to tell to, be it the journey to Never Never Land, seeing the Seven Dwarfs mine, reliving Ariel becoming a human, or even riding Cinderella’s carrousel. Many of these tales only existed in film form before the ride was created, but the Magic Kingdom’s carrousel existed even before Disney told the tale of Cinderella on film.
Before it was ever known as “Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel” it was originally known as PTC #46. Manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, which was founded in 1904 by Henry Auchy and Chester Albright, the company was known for making wooden roller coaster cars (which they’re still known for over the last century) as well as carrousels. The year varies depending on which website you go to on when PTC #46 was built. Some say it was 1916, others 1917, but if you look on the Philadelphia Toboggan Coaster (their new name) website, it says it was 1918, making this carrousel 96 years old. Philadelphia Toboggan Company made 87 carrousels, 35 of which still function today.
The PTC #46 horses were carved from Maplewood by some of the finest Italian woodcarvers. Each horse was carved differently, so none are alike. Dubbed “The Liberty Carrousel”, its first home was in Detroit’s Belle Isle Park. In 1928 The Liberty Carrousel, which is 60 feet in diameter, was transferred to its second home in Maple Wood, NJ’s Olympic Park. It would stay there well after the park closed in 1965.
Carrousels of course play a huge reason we have Disney parks today. When Walt’s daughters, Diane and Sharon, were young, every Saturday was “Daddy Day”. A day spent with their father, away from the studio where they would do something together. One of the favorite places for the girls was the carrousel in Griffith Park. Walt would sit on a bench watching his daughters ride the carrousel horses, thinking to himself there should be a place where a family could go together and enjoy themselves doing everything, not for the kids to ride and the parents to sit and wait. Thus the idea for Disneyland was born.
In 1967 Disney Imagineers bought The Liberty Carrousel. The Imagineers re-furbed the ride, keeping the original wooden horses, making fiberglass casts of those that had to be replaced, and painting every horse white, since heroes always rode white horses. Each white horse had different colors decorating them, and they even removed four original carved benches from the carrousel to fit more horses, bringing the horse count to 90. Each horse was numbered, the number appearing on the horses bridle.
Once the carrousel was installed in The Magic Kingdom Roy O. Disney was walking through during construction and noticed that, when looking at the carrousel through the Cinderella castle doors, the ride wasn’t centered in the view. He had it moved so it would be. Something no doubt Walt would have done himself.
Rounding out the re-furb of PTC #46 was 18 hand painted panels that sit above the carrousel telling the tale of Cinderella, and 2,300 lights to light the ride at night. Originally named “Cinderella’s Golden Carousel” in 1971, the ride had a re-furb in 1997, removing some horses so a bench could be put back on to let those who can’t ride the horses still have a chance to go on the carrousel, making the horse count 86.
On June 1st, 2010 Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel was renamed “The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel”. The themeing behind the new name went now that Cinderella and Prince Charming were married and lived in the castle; peace reigned over the kingdom, so Prince Charming took to jousting. To practice, he built an invention that helped him to practice using his lance to ring-spear. The device had a horse he sat on that went in circles. His subjects liked it so much he had one built for them to enjoy.
Horse number 37 is said to be Cinderella’s horse (look for the gold bow on its tail) while the horse next to it, number 20, is known to be Prince Charming’s horse.
This blog is dedicated to my beautiful wife Mrs. Nostalgia who recommended writing it. One year on a Disney trip we rode the carrousel. I have a picture of her on it looking as beautiful as the day we met. It’s one of my favorite Disney memories.
I blogged before about the Jaws game Ideal Toys released in 1975 to coincide with the Jaws movie. Made for 2-4 players ages 6 and up, it was just a plastic shark that had a bottom jaw you attached with rubber bands, as well as 2 side fins that get attached. The game came with a grey gaff hook, pieces of blue plastic shaped like a cb, half a wagon wheel, camera, gas can, tire, glove, anchor, gun, lantern, a boot, as well as 3 white pieces of plastic in the shape of a skull, bone and a fish skeleton. These items all went on the shark’s lower jaw, which weighed it down. Each player took a turn removing the items with the gaff hook and the first person to remove 4 pieces without the mouth shutting wins.
Last week I was at the mall with my wife and sister. We went into a toy store and as I looked for something to blog on I saw a game I knew I had; only it was different. The box had the same plastic shark, the items and the gaff hook. It even was made by Ideal Toys.
Suddenly the 5-year-old-me who had the Jaws Ideal game was looking out of the eyes of the 39-year-old-me staring at a game by Ideal toys called Sharky’s Diner. I couldn’t believe it. It was the Jaws game with a few differences. For Sharky there was a total of 21 items which included 2 red gaff hooks and 2 sets of items, one in blue plastic, one in yellow. The pieces were a cb, half a wagon wheel, camera, gas can, tire, glove, anchor, lantern, a boot, as well as 3 white pieces of plastic in the shape of a skull, bone and a fish skeleton. The only thing missing was the gun.
It was the same game, just with extra pieces, minus the gun in a different shaped box with a stupid name. I showed my wife and sister who also couldn’t believe it.
They say in Jaws 2 that “sharks don’t take things personally”, but perhaps toy sharks do?
I guess sometimes it’s not safe to go into the water. Or the toy store.